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UNSC has acknowledged Iran's right to enrichment: Rouhani

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:32AM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unequivocally recognized the Islamic Republic's right to enrich uranium.

"Iran sought to establish its right to enrichment, and today, the UNSC has explicitly acknowledged our country's enrichment right," Rouhani said during a cabinet session on Wednesday.

The six countries that were parties to the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program admitted that the anti-Iran sanctions had been ineffective, the Iranian president said, adding that the UNSC, which itself imposed a series of sanctions on Tehran, unanimously endorsed a draft resolution on the lifting of the bans.

Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – succeeded in finalizing the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on July 14 after 18 days of intense negotiations and all-nighters that capped around 23 months of talks between Iran and the six world powers.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans, against the Islamic Republic.

The UNSC on Monday unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning the JCPOA into international law. All 15 members of the world body voted for the draft UN resolution in New York, setting the stage for the lifting of the Security Council sanctions against Iran.

In his Wednesday remarks, President Rouhani rejected the claim by the US and its allies that, as a result of the JCPOA, Iran will not be able to build a nuclear weapon in less than a year, dismissing it as a "ridiculous allegation" since Iran does not seek to obtain such weapons at all.

"The Iranian nation has never sought weapons of mass destruction and considers them against ethics, Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and a fatwa by Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei]," said the president, who was speaking in a cabinet meeting.

On February 22, 2012, Ayatollah Khamenei announced that the Islamic Republic considered the pursuit and possession of atomic arms "a mortal sin" from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.

Rouhani further dismissed the allegation that Iran interferes in the internal affairs of other countries as a wrong perception.

"We regard meddling [in other countries' affairs] as incorrect and wrong, and believe that every country's affairs should be entrusted to its people," he said.

Rouhani further stressed that Iran would defend the oppressed, and use its utmost power to counter terrorism, which is a menace to the region and the whole world.

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